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FBI arrests 7th person in Puerto Rico public corruption case

Aug. 12, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal agents on Wednesday arrested an accountant in a corruption investigation involving Puerto Rico's former education secretary. FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz identified the man as Aníbal Jover, who once was president of Puerto Rico’s Association of Certified...

An electoral official, right, tells a voter that the ballots haven't arrived at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico gov sues elections commission in primary debacle

Aug. 11, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday added new demands to conflicting proposals for rescuing the U.S. territory's botched primary election, suing to insist on an election re-do at all polling centers that opened late — not just those where a lack of ballots kept...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Incumbent party leads Trinidad & Tobago general election

Aug. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley appears to have secured reelection with preliminary election results Tuesday showing his party winning a 22-19 parliamentary victory in the energy-rich Caribbean nation mired in a recession. The preliminary results from Monday's...

Electoral officials wait for ballots to arrive at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

Aug. 10, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of the island's Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. A...

An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

Aug. 9, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory’s elections commission to resign. The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early...

Puerto Rico government is forced to suspend voting as primaries marred by lack of ballots blamed on elections commission

Aug. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EDT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico government is forced to suspend voting as primaries marred by lack of ballots blamed on elections commission.
FILES - This combo of two file photos shows Pedro Pierluisi, left and Wanda Vazquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At left, Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi attends his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives on Aug. 2, 2019, and at right, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez gives an interview at La Fortaleza governor residence on Aug. 16, 2019. Both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis and are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, Files)

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Aug. 7, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections. Gov. Wanda Vázquez of the...

4.8 earthquake shakes southern Puerto Rico, rattling many

Aug. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck southern Puerto Rico late Thursday at a shallow depth in the same region that has not stopped shaking since late December. The quake hit near the southern town of Guayanilla at a depth of 7 miles (12 kilometers), according to the U.S....

Terry Crabtree finishes boarding up the entrance to Downeast Marine in Otway, N.C. as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Shops closed, beaches deserted as Isaias nears the Carolinas

Aug. 3, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias sped toward the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned...

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, a new budget that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Judge: 'Discriminatory' to deny Puerto Rico access to US aid

Aug. 3, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many. However, the judge also granted a two-month administrative stay of the injunction at the...